The Campaign for Human Rights and Development International-CHRDI, welcomes the setting up of the Asset Declaration Regulation Committee-ADRC, by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone.
We welcome the declaration resolution committee and we hold the belief that it would act as a strong deterrent and provide a real opportunity to identify those public servants involved in illegal enrichment.In addition, the creation and enforcement of asset and income disclosure systems has the potential to prevent illicit enrichment, not only by making it more difficult to acquire assets through corrupt actions without being held accountable for such actions, but also ultimately changing the mindset of public officials so that they are less prone to engage in corrupt practices.
In December 2016 and early Januar 2017, CHRDI put out the following position statements:
CHRDI CONDEMNS THE ACC AND URGES GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE TO FIGHT CORRUPTION & CHRDI REITERATES ITS CALL FOR THE ACC-SL TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE.
In these statements, we catalogued a range of accountability and transparency issues ranging from lack of transparency in fighting corruption and the poor implementation of the assets declaration provision in the Anti-Corruption Act, which states:
‘The ACC is empowered to verify asset disclosures and may publish in the media the names of those who refuse to disclose and petition the courts to compel disclosure. Failure to disclose also carries a penalty of up to 20 million Leone and/or one year in prison”
Public officials, both elected and appointed, have an obligation under the 2008, Anti-Corruption Act to declare their assets and those of their spouses and dependent minors.
CHRDI will continue to monitor this process closely and would encourage the ACC-SL to treat it with the seriousness it deserves.
In conclusion, we in the CHRDI would like to state that we shall continue to educate the people of Sierra Leone on our key advocacy programs which are democracy, human rights, rule of law, accountability & transparency and public access to information and we shall not relent.
Note: Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI ) is a Rights based social-policy advocacy Organisation. We Draw attention to the responsibility of duty-bearers to uphold human rights, and seek to support rights-holders to claim their rights. CHRDI is in Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and accredited to many UN Agencies.
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